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Kodi TVAddons is back – but faces daunting anti-piracy legal battle
TVAddons, on of the most popular repositories of Kodi add-ons, has been brought back to life after shutting down in June. But though its website has been resurrected , it developer now faces a massive...
Arctic oil and gas must remain off limits for good, Trump
Mind-boggling changes already expected hereDesign Pics Inc/GettyWith his executive order to open up the Arctic to drilling, Donald Trump is skating on thin ice. The president’s attempt to overthrow Barack...
Does mind-hack tech mean your brain needs its own legal rights?
Mind control is getting more scientificAlfred Pasieka/Science Photo LibraryAdvances in neuroscience and neurotechnology offer the potential for extremely precise observation, collection and even alteration...
Corrections, April 24
Committee tells state judges not to invest in pot, April 21, Business, C1 A story about ethics guidelines for judges that prohibit investments in marijuana businesses should have clarified the legal status...
Robots not about to replace lawyers
Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley’s next victim. [...] recent research and even...
Lawyers could be the next profession to be replaced by computers
If AI solutions become pervasive, law firms may cut staff. A Deloitte Insight report released in 2016 said that "profound reforms" will occur in the legal sector over the next decade, estimating that...
Amazon weighing 'other legal options' in opposition to Trump's immigration order
RE: Advisory—New Executive Order's Potential Impact on Amazon Employees A quick update on where we are. This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to...
Prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Ted Wang is joining Cowboy Ventures as a partner
In an interview, Lee said Wang has been both a friend and also a legal adviser (they met at an election night party in 2000). "We have always had a great chemistry," she said. "So, when I found out he...
Cannabis firm Privateer raises $40 million for legal pot business
Just days before California and eight other states will vote on measures to legalize marijuana in one form or another, a Seattle-based private equity firm announced it has raised $122 million in funding...
EU-U.S. personal data pact faces second legal challenge from privacy groups
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new EU-U.S. pact governing the transfer of personal data faces a second legal challenge, putting the details of the deal which underpins billions of dollars of transatlantic trade...
Microsoft's Xbox One has an emulator problem
After a brief stint on the Xbox One store, the N64 emulator catchily named Win64e10, has been removed from sale. Although available on the marketplace, the emulator was never officially displayed as it...
In Depth: Are game emulators legal?
Are game emulators legal?As you may have read recently something rather weird happened in the field of videogame emulation. A NES emulator - a magic, digital aether-box that lets you play Mario on a thing...
Accused UK hacker to be extradited to the US to face charges
BBC reader comments 3 Share this story Briton Lauri Love will be extradited to the US to face charges of hacking, Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled on Friday. Love faces up to 99 years in prison in...
More charges expected in wake of VW engineer’s plea
A Volkswagen engineer’s decision to tell everything he knows about the company’s scheme to cheat on U.S. emissions tests is a major break for investigators and a message to others involved to cooperate...
Fitbit wins patent round against Jawbone
Fitbit won a new round in its tit-for-tat legal fight with Jawbone Thursday after a U.S. trade agency revived patent-infringement claims regarding the wearable fitness devices, increasing the headaches...
Why Star Trek’s Prime Directive could never be enforced
Enlarge / Kirk and Spock wear nifty outfits in order to contemplate the concept of the Prime Directive, which was first introduced in the episode "Return of the Archons."ParamountStar Trek 50th Anniversary...
Two recent court decisions make climate scientists’ e-mails public
Laura Bittner reader comments 35 Share this story In the past, we’ve covered attempts by some political groups (or politicians) to access climate scientists’ e-mails. The idea is generally to trawl through...
Done right, seabed mining could be environmentally friendly
Nautilus Minerals DEEP-SEA mining is one of those ideas that keeps on slipping over the horizon. Since 2012, a company called Nautilus Minerals has held a licence to mine the sea floor near Papua New...
Trademark dispute with Sky broadcasting sought name change for No Man’s Sky
Did you think that the highly anticipated, procedurally generated space exploration game No Man's Sky was in any way related to British telecommunications and broadcasting giant Sky? Of course you didn't....
The uncertain future of fantasy sports
Two main things are abuzz at the conference. First, is there really going to be a merger between DraftKings and FanDuel? And second, will New York state politicians legalize daily fantasy sports before...
ACLU joins Microsoft suit against DOJ
Many new PCs used to come with Microsoft Office pre-installed. Not anymore.(Photo: Michel Euler, Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft got an ally in its lawsuit against the Justice Department Thursday....
Peter Thiel, tech billionaire, reveals secret war with Gawker
Mr. Thiel said that he had decided several years ago to set in motion a plan to secretly fund multiple cases to try to cripple Gawker. "I didn't really want to do anything," he said. "I thought it would...
Two things the show 'Silicon Valley' gets wrong
Jack thinks he is going to get board approval as the two VCs on board , Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) and Monica (Amanda Crew), will have a fiduciary duty to approve this contract. However, Monica surprises...
First there was Jeopardy-winning Watson -- now there's ROSS
Five years after a room-sized computer dubbed Watson crushed Jeopardy's flesh-and-blood champions, IBM's pioneering machine has moved on from its splashy quiz-show career and entered the legal profession.Powered...
Apple lose trademark fight in China
No one knows that logo in China, bro. APPLE has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on wallets and handbags. The court said Apple failed...
Business News Roundup, May 5
AT&T said Wednesday it has awarded its Web and mobile hosting business to Synacor, a small Buffalo, N.Y., company, dropping its contract with Yahoo. “We have agreed to have Synacor manage our next-generation...
Apple loses Chinese lawsuit over iPhone name
BEIJING -- Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company that a Beijing court says is allowed to use the iPhone name on wallets and handbags.The court said Apple failed to prove iPhone was...
Apple loses Chinese lawsuit over iPhone trademark
Comments By: AP | Beijing | Published:May 4, 2016 3:24 pm Apple has lost a legal fight with a Chinese company over iPhone trademark (Source: Nandagopal Rajan) Apple Inc. has lost a legal fight with a...
10 Emerging Compliance and Information Governance Trends
Not all enterprise data is created equal, nor should it all have the same protections. Numerous and well-publicized data breaches highlight the increasing need for companies to better secure truly sensitive...
UK spy agencies systematically amass data on innocent people, legal challenge reveals
Privacy campaign group Privacy International says documents it has obtained through a legal challenge to the UK security agencies data-harvesting practices illustrate the extent to which spies have...
Resolution in FBI-Apple case prolongs larger legal battle
Some in the tech industry worry that authorities will now try to pursue a smaller company — one without the financial and legal resources that Apple had — to win a favorable legal precedent that authorities...
Impact of FBI cracking San Bernardino killer's iPhone
March 30, 2016, 8:04 AM|A federal judge has vacated her order compelling Apple to unlock the San Bernardino gunman's iPhone, officially ending the legal case. A government official tells CBS News the...
Uber, Ola face off in battle for India's booming taxi market
[...] it's the ongoing legal wrangles between the two — with each accusing the other of behaving unethically — that have drawn focus to the struggle for India's $9 billion taxi industry and future growth...
US says it would use “court system” again to defeat encryption
Perspecsys PhotosApple's encryption battle Apple likely can’t force FBI to disclose how it got data from seized iPhone Feds break through seized iPhone, stand down in legal battle with Apple FBI director...
What does the FBI iPhone hack mean?
The U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its legal action against Apple to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, because the FBI managed to hack into it without Apple's help. The story raises...
US hacks iPhone, ends legal battle but questions linger
WASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary legal fight pitting the Obama administration against technology giant Apple Inc. ended unexpectedly after the FBI said it used a mysterious method without Apple's help...
U.S. succeeds in cracking Apple's iPhone, drops legal action
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its legal case against Apple,...
FBI director says fight with Apple about terrorism, not setting precedent
FBI Director James Comey testifies to the House Judiciary Committee on March 1.C-Span3Apple's encryption battle Report: Apple designing its own servers to avoid snooping Apple gets short-term win, but...
Surprise Move in Apple-FBI Standoff Raises Legal Questions
Less than a day before a high-profile hearing in the legal standoff between Apple and the FBI, attorneys for the Department of Justice late Monday persuaded a federal judge to cancel the hearing and issue...
This is how the Lib Dems would legalise cannabis
Sales of cannabis to over-18s in the UK should be legalised and "social clubs" should be established to sell it, the Liberal Democrats have said.The party has backed a study that argues cannabis can't...
Google, Facebook, Microsoft Side With Apple Over iPhone Security Dispute
Several U.S. technology giants have formally backed Apple in its high-profile legal battle with the FBI over whether the company must weaken the security features of an iPhone that belonged to one of the...
Microsoft’s Brad Smith stands with Apple while passionately defending encryption
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, gave a passionate defense of encryption today, saying his company stood with Apple in its legal battle with the FBI. He made his remarks...
CEO Tim Cook defends Apple’s resistance in FBI iPhone case
On Thursday, the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino. Apple filed court papers on Thursday that asked...
The tech world rallies behind Apple in its FBI row
As Apple's encryption battle with the government intensifies, major tech companies are gearing up to put legal support behind their Silicon Valley cohort. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Google...
Forget the 1st Amendment, Apple to plead the 5th in iPhone crypto flap
Kim DaviesThere's been ongoing dialogue about Apple's upcoming legal strategy in its battle with the government about whether it should be required to comport with a court order mandating that the Cupertino...
The New Promises Of France’s Legal Tech Startups
Where there is friction, there are business opportunities. In France, a host of startups are flourishing with the promise to ease the pain of paperwork from user-unfriendly administrations or banks....
FBI chose moment well, raising stakes on Apple
APPLE ON WHY THIS IS NOT A ONE-TIME EXCEPTION: "Apple would do our best to protect that key, but in a world where all of our data is under constant threat, it would be relentlessly attacked by hackers...
Apple faces 11 other orders for suspects' electronic data
File photo taken in 2015 shows an illustration of an iPhone held up in front of the Apple logo.(Photo: PHILIPPE HUGUEN, AFP/Getty Images) Apple faces 11 additional government orders seeking access to criminal...
The Legal Question at the Core of the Apple Encryption Standoff
Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that if his company helps the FBI get into a dead terrorist’s iPhone, a precedent would be set that has “implications far beyond” this case. But is that true in the legal sense?...
‘Kanye West is a blithering twat’
Why the sad face, Kanye? Oh wait, lolz. WHEN rapper Kanye West released his album exclusively on an artist-owned music streaming service for which is a founder, the internet responded as it so often does....
Yes, you can rely on Amazon’s new game engine during the zombie apocalypse
BRAAAAIIINNNNS!Andrew CunninghamSince Amazon launched its free Lumberyard game engine yesterday, the world has been united in a single question: are we legally allowed to use the engine to operate life-saving...
Julian Assange, facing arrest, calls UN ruling 'vindication' - CNET
Enlarge ImageWikileaks founder Julian Assange in London's Ecuadorian embassy in 2012. Iwona Abessolo/Flickr Vision/Getty Julian Assange said the United Nations ruling that he has been "arbitrarily detained"...
Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan
Gawker Media is raising outside funding, and for a specific purpose — it says it’s getting ready for its legal battle with Hulk Hogan. As first reported in the International Business...
Robot lawyer can help you claim compensation without legal fees
The robot works like a text conversation "DoNotPay Robot looks like Facebook Messenger or a text message conversation. However, instead of talking to a human, users are actually talking to a robot with...
Operation LDO: Driving the Evolution of Law Department Operations
Mary O’Carroll, head of legal operations at Google, along with her team of close to 1,000 legal professionals, is a prime example of pioneering innovation in the legal department. ...
Could robots become lawyers? Not so fast
Lawyers have been described as the canaries in the coal mine in the face of a wave of automation now beginning to displace highly skilled white-collar workers. In recent years, the increasing reliance...
Mitratech Partners with Elevate to Offer Enhanced Legal Bill Review Services
Mitratech Partners with Elevate to Offer Enhanced Legal Bill Review Services The partnership will enable Mitratech to offer its clients a tool to assist legal departments in reaching their productivity...
2016 Predictions for Legal Tech
Without a doubt, 2015 was a banner year for the legal technology world. From some of the biggest data breaches and e-discovery cases to what's coming in the New Year, Legaltech News provides you with a...
Better understanding of hybrid warfare needed, academic warns
It is essential that the UK and allied nations gain a better understanding of the legal challenges posed by new methods of warfare, a University of Exeter academic has told military officers. In recent...
Pot may be legal, but you’ll still get fired
With marijuana legalization spreading state by state across America and the federal government backing away from aggressive enforcement of federal laws, employers in the Weed Belt have begun to reconsider...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark